M.Phil teaching complete

Graves and arches

With today’s international law seminar done, the taught portion of the M.Phil program is complete. All told, we had 24 two-hour core seminar classes, with 2/3 of those devoted to 20th century history. In addition, I have had eight on the developing world and eight on international law. We also had our various research training lectures and seminars.

Now, I just have two essays, four exams, and the thesis left to complete – over the course of the next three and a half months. The fact that the portion of that collection that is the most time consuming and difficult is due in only 46 days is something rarely forgotten by anyone in the course.

By Canada Day, at the start of July, I will no longer be a student. This, for the first time in twenty years (pre-school 1, kindergarten 1, elementary school 7. high school 5, undergrad 4, master’s 2). I wonder what I will end up doing.

PS. The WordPress trio have been upgraded to version 2.1.2. Nobody ever reports bugs, so I will not ask for it.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

7 thoughts on “M.Phil teaching complete”

  1. Amazingly, the poem in this post can actually be run as a computer program, written in PERL. An excerpt is below:


    listen (please, please);

    open yourself, wide;
    join (you, me),
    connect (us,together),

    tell me.

    do something if distressed;

    @dawn, dance;
    @evening, sing;
    read (books,$poems,stories) until peaceful;
    study if able;

    write me if-you-please;

  2. Good luck with the work.

    Nobody reports bugs because there are very few of them. You are too obsessive to let them last long.

  3. Congratulations on finishing your coursework. Soon you will be a newly-minted ‘Oxford man’ :)

  4. Edward,

    I think they need to get you at a younger age to leave such a stamp upon you. Though it is possible that people who choose to come here as graduates are predisposed towards whatever kind of conversion occurs.


    I actually rather liked my international law seminar. The way the light interacts with the stone around the Wharton Room in All Souls is quite lovely.

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